11 Empowering Dolls That Help Little Girls See The Beauty In Themselves

Mattel took a huge step in the right direction on Thursday when it announced that Barbie would get a makeover. Now, the doll will come in three new body types — tall, petite and curvy — to be more reflective of the bodies of actual women. 

For decades, the traditional Barbie has sparked debate about how her features aren’t inclusive of all kinds of women and girls. Now there are many diverse lines of dolls for young girls to relate to and be empowered by that are readily available to buy.

These dolls reflect women and girls of various cultures, occupations, body types and lifestyles — each absolutely necessary. Here are 11 doll lines that celebrate the different types of women around the world.

  • Malaville dolls
    These dolls were created by international model Mala Bryan to showcase the different shades and curl patterns of black girls.They also sportsome vibrantAfrican- and Caribbean-inspired outfits.
  • Madame Alexander Dolls

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    Madame Alexanderdolls come in an array of sizes and shapes with dolls thatcater to girls from all over the world. They even have a travel line with dolls representing girls fromIndia, Kenya, France, Germany, Russia, Italy, Mexico, China and Ireland.
  • Healthy Roots Dolls
    Yetlisha Jean-Charles
    Last year, college student Yetlisha Jean-Charles launcheda Kickstarter campaignto raise money to create a new line of natural hair dollsto teach young black girls how to maintain and style their hair. In the future, sheplans on creating dolls of other racial backgrounds down the line.
  • Positively Perfect Dolls
    Dr. Lisa Williams created “Positively Perfect Dolls” tocelebrate the diversity in multicultural children.
  • “Normal Barbie”
    Nickolay Lamm
    Nickolay Lammcrowdfunded a campaignfor adollbased on the average, realistic measurements of a 19-year-old woman to combat the negative body image Barbie’s proportions projecton young girls.
  • Children of America Dolls
    Children of America Dolls reflects thediversity amongAmerican kids. Each doll’s facial features uniquely reflects her ownethnicity and individuality.
  • Hearts 4 Hearts Dolls
    Each of theseinspirational dolls has herown story to tell, and is intended to be a reflection of differentgirls from around the world. For eachdoll that’s sold, the company also donates a dollar to support young girls in thedoll’s corresponding region.
  • Project MC2

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    Project Mc2 dolls encourage girls to explore STEM-related subjects, and it also has anaccompanying Netflix series which emphasizesthat STEM isn’t just for boys.
  • Lakeshore Learning Adaptive Equipment for dolls
    Lakeshore Learning
    Lakeshore Learningwants todispel stereotypes about people with special needs by allowingkids to equip their dolls withcanes, unbreakable hearing aids, wheelchairs and more.
  • Yuna Doll
    The Yuna doll and her Dream Big Friends don’t wear makeup, rock the latest high fashion clothes or have a tiny waist. Instead, this doll focuses on “dreaming big, doing what you love, and aspiring to be happy.”
  • Lottie Dolls

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    Lottie Dolls encourage kids to embraces their individuality and “embark on meaningful adventures. This line also supports girls in STEM and carriesa boydoll who’s Lottie’s “best friend and equal.”

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2016/01/28/11-empowering-dolls-that-help-little-girls-see-the-beauty-in-themselves_n_9104150.html

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